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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2019

    With this promotion committee we never know, but he will most likely stay. There is no shortage of demotion candidates and the pressure from makushita is not that high. There is no reason to over-demote him or anyone else for that matter.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    On the one hand, even the higher echelons of sumo is filled with some high(?) level of frustration, even though most of these rikishi - if not all of them - has set realistic goals. It's not surprising actually, it's life. On the other hand, although he is not on the list, I believe Shimanoumi must have exceed even his highest goals for 2019. Two juryo yusho, kanto-sho back in May and now KK from as high as Maegashira #6. It is life as well. That is part of why sumo remains so interesting (to me at least).
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2019

    Neither Sokokurai nor Gagamaru has looked particularly impressive on their way back to upper juryo, so no surprise they will see their ranks heading south next time. Experience has thought me that you can win with shaky sumo for a while, but bad form will catch up to you eventually. It is strange to see a Yusho-clincher in Tsurugisho facing one of the worst rikishi of the whole divison on senshuraku, but it doesn't make much of a difference after all. If both Yutakayama and Takanosho manage to get the re-promotion, I believe they will be a long term asset to Makuuchi. They are way better than their current ranks suggest, IMHO.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Nagoya 2019

    Thanks for the updates @Asashosakari. This thread is great as usual. This basho will possibly see Tsurugisho finally reaching Makuuchi as one its greatest news promotion-wise. That is to say that unless some last day kachi-koshi brings a new face to Juryo it will be kind of boring in that department, which is rather normal after 4 promotions to juryo. Leaving sumo is Aminishiki, who received his own thread but here I would like to say that I got used to seeing him as last representative of an old way of doing sumo. He and former Ozeki Kaio really stood out from the crowd. Leaving Makuuchi for now is Yago. So far he has shown excellent raw power, but not much else. He looks injured to boot. Speaking of dropping, when I see the list of former sekitori I realize that only a handful of them still have decent a shot at regaining sekitorihood, but also that very few spots are available for those willing to hang up the mawashi and stay with the kyokai (which is not new, but I think about it every time I have the chance.). What occurred to me only today though is how many of these kabu on loan are in fact ejectable seats. Kotoshogiku is probably just one disastrous basho away from intai, Yoshikaze will to drop to Juryo for the first time in ages and Tochiozan, who has been a perennial member of Makuuchi since 03.2007 (!) is likely to follow suit. Both Ikioi and Chiyootori don't look that great either. There are some forced oyakata retirements for 2021, but that is unlikely to solve to problem. I am curious as to if the kyokai will come up with something, but for now I bet they won't. By the way, my post is not well-organized but I will leave it as is.
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    Meeting Tamawashi at Kataonami

    You met the only two rikishi of the stable. I didn't even know that there was a stable like that. I wonder if moto-Tamakasuga dons his mawashi to train with them. Thanks for the pic.
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    Retirees May 2019

    I guess I am so used to seeing veterans soldiering on despite the lack of realistic chances of moving up again (Sagatsukasa, Tokushinho, Nionoumi, Keitenkai and the list goes on) that when I see someone retiring in a "timely" manner like Dewahayate and Tochihiryu I kind of feel surprised. But in a sense, when you were never cut out to be a solid sekitori - as I believe to be the case for both-, anytime is a good time to quit.
  7. After landing partly on his injured knee - courtesy of Aoiyama's henka - Takakeisho probably realised it was not worth it after all. He didn't look quite comfortable even before that. Ikioi is having a kyujo-like basho again, but I doubt he will withdraw. He is now on a 3-20 run.
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    New Juryo Natsu 2019

    After a while I thought that Irodori would neve gonna make it. It's been more than 8 years since his makushita debut anyway. It must be some kind of record. Let's see if finally makes his breakthrough. Speaking of a long time between makushita and juryo promotions, it is a tough decision for Fujiazuma. With this banzuke it could hardly have been any different, but he has kind of deserved this unlikely promotion, which is unlikely given his career path over the past 4 or 5 years, specially the last 2.
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    Enho vs. Ichinojo?

    Or Chuck Norris. On a more serious note, skill may help prevent injuries to some extent. Rikishi who know how to fall and those who are most of the time in a dominant position (Hakuho got injured against the only rikishi who put him on the back foot) have an edge, but there is a 'systemic risk' you can't avoid.
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    Retirees after Haru 2019

    They arrived at about the same time I started following sumo. It is hard to forget. Too right it is, specially considering Tenkaiho was probably the least promising of the four.
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    Retirees after Haru 2019

    Tenkaiho/Minami is the last one from the promising quartet that joined way back in 01.2007 to retire. Lots of promise, but... An ejection seat is better than no seat at all.
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    Abema TV all sumo live

    Thank you, MISELET. Your work has been an invaluable asset to us and the result of it became a staple of our evenings. We already miss it. By the way, does anyone know what software he used to record these videos ? VLC ?
  13. Terunofuji looked sluggish and a lot heavier, but he won. It will be difficult to watch him.
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    Abema TV all sumo live

    Abema working fine on day one.
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    Why is there not even a small Tomokaze hype?

    Do you mean here or in the Japanese press ? I've bumped into a few articles about him lately, but admittedly, with Kisenosato having just retired and Takakeisho looking like an Ozeki in the making, there is not much attention left for someone who is not overly charismatic. Hype or non-hype aside, last basho his oshi-tsuki game was exposed and that happened not only when he lost. I expect kachi-koshi but not an easy debut.